Sleep

Weekend Plans? Sleep In to Raise Awareness!

by julie on March 10, 2017

After running Griffith Park Trail Marathon last weekend, I couldn’t be any more excited for Sleep In 2017 (#SleepIn2017) this weekend! Please join me by staying in bed for 12-48 hours to raise awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. Yep, you heard me right… The challenge is to REST and SLEEP. Register here and invite your friends and family to […]

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Teaching Class at Stanford Medical School

by julie on December 27, 2016

Recently, I got to teach the Engage & Empower Me class at Stanford Medical School. I shared my story of narcolepsy and founding Project Sleep to make sleep cool, then the students conducted a design-thinking challenge on promoting healthy sleep habits for college students. The students came up with AWESOME project concepts. Also they taught […]

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This fall, I was BUSY spreading narcolepsy awareness to doctors, medical students and researchers across the country. Upon returning from Italy, I started back at my full-time job in pancreatic cancer advocacy first thing the next morning. The following evening, I traveled to UCLA Medical School to give my narcolepsy presentation for first-year medical students […]

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I’m SO honored that New York Times writer and editor, Phyllis Korkki features my story in her new book The Big Thing: How to Complete Your Creative Project Even If You’re a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me, published by Harper on August 9, 2016. Never in a million years did I imagine that Wide Awake and Dreaming would be featured […]

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I received the following comment on my recent blog post and wanted to respond here. ************ Dear N. Leptic, Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about my experience with narcolepsy. First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your challenging experience with narcolepsy. It sounds like you are facing some very real and significant […]

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This Monday, August 8, my presentation, “I Have Narcolepsy. Do You?” will air to tens of thousands of online viewers as part of the Sleep Success Summit. Register for free today. The Sleep Success Summit is a free online event (August 8-15), featuring over 30 experts discussing a wide range of sleep health and sleep disorder topics. With tens of thousands of viewers expected […]

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I’m thrilled to share CBS News Los Angeles’ awesome segment on my experience with narcolepsy. Please WATCH & SHARE (http://cbsloc.al/291UTw6): On Monday June 27, this segment aired during the 5 o’clock evening news, highlighting my sleepiness, cataplexy, and the challenges napping as an adult.  The news piece also mentioned my non-profit, Project Sleep, my book “Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy” […]

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Speaking in Italy!

by julie on June 26, 2016

This September 23-24, I will travel to Italy to speak at a very special 20th anniversary party of A.I.N. (Associazione Italiana Narcolettici e Ipersonni) in Bologna. Other featured speakers will include Dr. Emmanuel Mignot from Stanford (USA) and Prof. Jean-Charles Schwartz from Paris (France). While there will be live translation, I’m hoping to brush up […]

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Recently, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Jeremy Renner said that he wanted to be “Captain Narcolepsy… so he could nap whenever he wanted” on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Afterward, many people with narcolepsy and their supporters took to social media to respond. One particular response caught my attention – written by Wendy Ellsworth, a 34-year-old registered nurse living […]

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Recently, I was honored to join a group of rockstar advocates and innovators for a fantastic discussion and experimental filming exercise! Check out this awesome first video highlighting narcolepsy, sleepiness and invisible illnesses: When you get invited to an “experimental filming dinner party” in the Hollywood Hills where there’s no cellphone service, you may feel a little uncertain… […]

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